The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has given National Quality Assurance Standards (NQAS) certification to 13 government hospitals in the State in recognition of the high standards of quality and performance maintained by these institutions. The NQAS certification team, which examined the facilities in the hospital and patient amenities, rated these hospitals at the level of super specialty hospitals when it comes to hospital hygiene and quality standards. The NQAS certification is a recognition for the high standards maintained by the hospitals in the State’s public health system, Health Minister K. K. Shylaja said in a statement here.
All 13 hospitals together will receive a grant of ₹1.5 crore as part of the NQAS certification. The certification will be for a period of three years, following which there will be re-inspection. The hospitals that have won the NQAS certification are Punalur taluk hospital, Kollam; Chittarikkal PHC, Narkkalakkad PHC, and Panathadi CHC in Kasaragod; taluk headquarters hospital, Thrissur; General Hospital and Pandappally CHC in Ernakulam; Women and Children Hospital, Kozhikode; Kottathara tribal specialty hospital in Palakkad; Kanchiyar FHC, Idukki; Mutholi FHC, Kottayam; UPHC Maithanappally, Kannur; and Noolpuzha FHC in Wayanad. – The Hindu